Ashland, Missouri is located in Southern Boone County. Its population has more than doubled in the last 20 years from 1,275 persons in 1990 to approximately 3,700 persons in 2010, while still maintaining a quaint, small-town ambiance. This quality, together with Ashland’s convenient location and excellent schools, churches and homes, make the city an attractive place to live.
Some of the residents work in Ashland, other commute to Columbia and Jefferson City, both less than 15 minute away on US 63, a four-lane divided highway. St. Louis and Kansas City, with all they have to offer, are less than two hours away. The Lake of the Ozarks, a major recreational area, is only an hour away.
The Southern Boone County School District, which educates children from Ashland and surrounding areas, has earned a reputation of educational excellence, boasting high school graduations rates eight percentage points above the state average and higher than average M.A.P. scores in all subjects and grade levels. In 2003, the school district received the “Distinction in Performance” for scoring 100 out of 100 points on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education MAP test scores. The school district offers numerous student activities, clubs, and sports, including band, choir, performing arts, baseball, softball, football, soccer, volleyball, track, cross country, and golf.